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Daniil Frolov wrote on 2010-07-09 UTC
Another subvariant (it's invented not by me, i read about it in another monchromatic chess article):
All pieces always must change color!
And thus, knights can move freely, bishops are immobile, queens are identical to rooks.
By the way, both monchromatic and color-switching chesses have 2 ways of playing (it was noticed by me): 'new game' way and 'agreement' way!
'Agreement' way: legal FIDE game is played: if change color (or move to same color in color-switching game) is only way to remove check, it must be done, and all pieces still checks with FIDE moves.
'New game' way: simple game with different pieces is played (royal ferzes in monochromatic, royal wazirs in color-switching, etc.), and thus, kings may be on adjecent squares, etc.
And thus, we have 4 interesting games: new game monochromatic, new game color-switching, agreement monochromatic and agreement color-switching.
These 4 games may be interesting mutators (if you are playing Xiang-qi, agreement color-switching is probably best).
Alternative bishop in color-switching FIDE chess variant (queen may optionally have it's move): aancas in style of boats from Tamerlane 2: first moves 1 vertically forward, when diagonaly forward, or first vertically backward, when diagonally backward.

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